Dennis Duddie originally hails from the Bronx, New York. He is a member of a very unique group of veterans who served in two branches of the military. He proudly served in the United States Navy from 1992 to 1994 as a Damage Controlman. His duties included ship stability, firefighting, fire prevention, and chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) warfare defense. 

After his enlistment in the United States Navy, Dennis went on to serve in the New Jersey Army National Guard from 1994 to 2001 as a Combat Medical Specialist in the 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment based in River Dale, New Jersey. After a four year break in service, he returned to the Army National Guard from 2006 to 2010 as a Combat Medical Specialist in the 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment based in Woodbury, New Jersey.

While serving in the New Jersey Army National Guard, Dennis worked as a police dispatch for the Borough of North Arlington from 1998 to 2003 and the Borough of Fair Lawn from 2000 to 2004. He also served as an Emergency Medical Technician with the North Arlington Volunteer Emergency Squad from 1994 to 1999. Dennis has always accepted the challenge of a demanding career in EMS and the combat medical service. He is known by many as a first responder’s first responder for his outstanding service to his community and for putting the needs of others over his own.

Most recently, Dennis was nominated to serve as the new Commander of Rochelle Park – American Legion Post 170. He is also the Bergen County American Legion Service Officer and Sergeant at Arms. The Legion post has thrived under his leadership and is constantly collaborating with other organizations for the mutual benefit of our Bergen County veterans and their families. He assists veterans with benefit claims and helps homeless veterans find a permanent residence. Dennis is always in the community trying to see how he can improve the lives of his fellow veterans and is the reason that many of them refer to him as “Uncle Dennis.”

Thank you for your service, Dennis! 

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Steven A. Tanelli was elected to the Bergen County Board of Commissioners on November 6, 2012. Commissioner Tanelli served as Chairman in 2016 and 2021, Vice Chairman in 2015, and Chair Pro Tempore in 2020.

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